Do you feed wildlife or garden for wildlife?

(Zone 7a)
There are a total of 129 votes:


I feed the wild birds.
(31 votes, 24%)
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I choose plants to attract wildlife, insects and/or birds.
(23 votes, 17%)
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I only feed hummingbirds.
(5 votes, 3%)
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I have a variety of wildlife that I feed. (like what?)
(9 votes, 6%)
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I don't feed wildlife, but they eat my gardens anyway!
(6 votes, 4%)
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I garden for butterflies...do they count?
(5 votes, 3%)
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More than one of the above. (tell us!)
(44 votes, 34%)
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I don't feed birds or wildlife.
(6 votes, 4%)
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Previous Polls

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

I feed the wild birds. ~ Yes


I choose plants to attract wildlife, insects and/or birds. ~ Yes

Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

I grow flowering plants and host plants to attract birds, bees, moths, and butterflies. I also put out a variety seed and feed for the birds, coons, deer, fox etc wildlife that visit my property

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Yes to feeding and providing water for the birds year around.

Yes to feeding the hummingbirds.

Yes to providing mineral blocks for the deer/raccoons/possums/skunks/crows... etc.

Yes to planting things that will attract the birds/butterflies.

We love to encourage and observe wildlife including birds.

They don't bother my garden area as it is inside a fence.

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

I grow plants that feed birds, butterflies, honeybees and my compost heap has off and on fed its share of possums and a few field mice when I forget and put popcorn in the pile. The squirrels take whatever they want and ruin the peaches they can. The mockingbirds ate my tomatoes until I bought a rubber snake to guard my tomatoes. I also make sure I have both nectar sources for the adults and catapillar food for the butterflies. I dont buy bird seed because in our climate and in my locale, there is usually plenty of living food sources available.

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Here in the middle of the woods, we enjoy feeding all the critters. They repay us by eating/digging up our annuals. LOL

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

I feed birds and hummers in my yard. I try to plan my perennial beds with bees/butterlies in mind. Also slowly trying to establish a natural wildlife habitat down at our pond. So a bit of many.

Charleston, SC(Zone 9a)

Yes to everything - as many DGers know already. I feed pretty much any and every living thing that comes my way, every creature listed in the poll plus 2 formerly feral cats I've since adopted, a family of wild raccoons, a couple of opossums, birds, hummingbirds, butterflies, you name it. I even feed a turtle now and again and a bunny, all wild. I plant food specifically to attract and feed birds and wildlife. My backyard cottage garden produces numerous fruits, nuts, and berries, such as black berries, various crapapples raging from tiny 1/2in ones to some larger than a quarter, rose hips, crapapple like fruits born on camellias, and so on. They also eat most of the fruits and berries I grow for myself, things like grapes, blueberries, and peaches. I also buy food for them.

I feed the raccoons left-overs when I clean out the fridge or freezer. I would rather share uneaten food with wildlife than send it to the landfill. I buy inexpensive cat/dog food for them. Sometimes I also buy them treats like peanuts, grapes, eggs, cookies, frosting, etc. Oh, and marshmallows. I save them the last few inches of watermelon along with the juice, all of which they love. (I love watermelon, too, and often buy 1 or 2 per week in season, so they get lots of watermelon.) In summer they often sit on the mat at the back door (a French, glass door), often even leaning against the door, waiting in hopes that I will bring them a treat. They have never shown the slightest aggression, and in 7 yrs have never damaged my home. (Here's hoping that continues.)

Irving, TX

I feed and choose plants for butterflies, birds, wildlife, insects, everything. But the squirels, they keep getting my darn fruit. Haven't had a single peach or kumquat yet.

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

I pretty much do it all. The coons, birds, oppossums and squirrels eat the cat food and bird feed. I have never seen birds as plump as ours or with feathers that shine so much. I thank the people who invented Meow Mix. LOL.

I also plant for butterflies and other insects and ask the bees and wasps to fly away when I get near them so I don't get stung. lol.

If it's alive and breathing it most likely eats something in my yard. lol

Cresson, PA(Zone 6a)

I started putting out a bird feeder last year to feed the wild birds.

I don't necessarily garden to attract wild animals, however, the squirrels, chipmonks, rabbits and ground moles seemed to have enjoyed my garden more than my family was able to last year LOL! Been searching for a way to keep the critters out of my veggie garden for the upcoming growing season, preferrably "natural" ways of repelling them as opposed to using chemicals.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

We seem to run the neighborhood Critter Diner...if it shows up here...it eats.

Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

I feed wild birds and humming birds on purpose.

Frogs and toads lay their eggs in our pond. Their tadpoles turn into more frogs and toads that hop into our neighbors' yard because they have shade and we don't!

The squirrels, tortoises, voles, raccoons, opossums, and rabbits are uninvited guests, on which the snakes and owls are welcome to dine. LOL

At least the deer and coyotes have stayed on their side of the fence so far!

Redfield, NY

I feed pretty much any bird, butterfly, animal and more that wants to join the "PARTY" at my place. I have many seed feeders, platforms, houses, and extensive perennial flowers for them to choose from. I add new shrubs and flowers each year to attract nature. My Mom lives with us and she is 84. She loves to swing on her swing outside, or sit on a bench and read; surrounded by birds and flowers. We FINALLY persuaded the Baltimore Orioles to come to my feeder for them, and watched them raise their family this past summer.

This year's seed and plant order is going to break my bank account!

Alexandria, IN(Zone 6a)

I feed sunflower seeds and suet in the winter and hummingbirds in the summer. I quit feeding the mixture of seeds as I was afraid I might be helping to cause scatter cane out in the farm fields around me.

Miami, FL(Zone 10b)

Well I do a bit of everything. I feed wildbirds. Have some collared doves that come every morning. We even named them and then some finches. I also have a butterfly garden with both host and nectar plants and also have hummingbird feeder up.

Surprise, AZ(Zone 9b)

I too feed the birds, mostly city birds, house sparrows, house finches, morning doves and until hunting season white wing dove. On occasion Gambil Quail will come into our yard. Along with the regular visitors, we will get cactus wrens, thrashers and towhees and a daily visit from our local red-tailed hawk. We also get the occasional pigeon which I manage to keep chased off. They seem to get plenty to eat without me feeding them. Since we have a block fence around our yard, we do not get any of the larger animals, but I am sure we have plenty of field mice. For the most part the birds do not bother my garden, but they will forage for insects.

(Zone 7a)

I grow plants to feed birds in all seasons and put out feeders in winter. Also, plants for butterflies.

We get house sparrows, house finches, chickadees, warblers, flickers, hairy woodpeckers, juncos, goldfinches, and the occasional redtails, sharp-shins and, more often, kestrels. A few different kinds of butterflies make quick flybys. Or is that 'butterflybys'?

Wharton, TX(Zone 9a)

I feed the birds and have plants to attract butterflies and birds.

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

I seem to be feeding everything these days, so a permanent fence will be going up around the veggie garden this year. Birds, beeds, butterflies, all get fed either through the feeders or from the plants I grow to attract them. I also have a small fish pond and we raise pygmy goats, so there is always spare cracked corn and feed that we put out for the deer in the woods. Wild turkeys have also been spotted in our area again and we see the occasional fox, not to mention the usual critters.

Duluth, GA(Zone 7b)

I feed the wild birds, and grow plants to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and beneficial insects. The squirrels and chipmunks get fed by default.

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

We put out food and mealworms for the birds and maintain nest boxes for bluebirds. We have a pond that feeds neighborhood ducks and geese, and this year's border will contain plants specifically to feed the birds, including some millet and sunflowers. I'd rather the deer, terrapins and raccoons leave my vegetable patch alone, but you can only do so much to keep them at bay.

Carson City, NV(Zone 6b)

We feed the birds and I grow a lot of flowering plants that local pollinators love. I used to try to feed the hummingbirds but they were much more interested in my flowers than the feeder. Although we don't feed her, we leave lots of brush and leaf piles for our toad, who finds lots of tasty bugs in our garden.

Hanceville, AL(Zone 7a)

Squirrels, rabbits, crows, racoons, deer, armadillos, possums, etc, get into my garden every year. I do NOT feed or in any way encourage them. Luciee {;^)

Lewisville, MN(Zone 4a)

We have a large amount of natural feed for birds & animals. Our wild windbreak/grove covers a couple acres. Big trees, shrubs & fruit trees grow wild there.
Our market garden is partly on a hillside. So it is contour farmed. Strips of land are untouched to stop erosion. These strips are planted with alfalfa & wild flowers. Each strip has a row of trees or shrubs of some kind. There are chokecherries, cranberry, & dogwood to name a few.
On the far end of our land is a piece of sandy ground that is also planted with those things.
Bordering our market garden is a creek. That is left to grow as it pleases.

Always lots of birds around here.

Union, WA(Zone 8b)

I recently moved from the woods to the city. I fed all kinds of wildlife in the woods. I wasn't going to start feeding here but when I saw a pair of scrub jays in the yard I bought some feed. They are staying, I have never seen these birds in NW Washington state. They are so pretty. Also have the Stellar Jays and two gray squirrels. I now have a yard full of birds each day. Here's a bad picture of the scrub jay.

This message was edited Feb 17, 2012 5:02 PM

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Middle, TN(Zone 6b)

We back up to woods so I have lots of critters and birds that feed here whether I choose to feed them or not. I try to coexist as much as possible and always feed the birds. I just wish some of my other critter visitors would read the sign that says, Keep Out Of The Garden!!!

:>)




Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

That reminds me of a sign that I saw at a business recently that said "No dogs allowed, except service dogs". It was posted at a dog's eye level. LOL
Gotta put your sign where the critters can read it easily...

Middle, TN(Zone 6b)

LOL ... that must be my problem ^_^

Aurora, TX(Zone 8a)

I love feeding the wild birds, the hummingbirds, the butterflies....the bees....seeing the life in my garden is what makes it all more than worth it!

Santa Rosa, CA(Zone 9a)

The hummingbirds appreciate something to eat such as pineapple sage. I like to provide for bees and butterflies, too.

Alexandria, IN

My husband and I love feeding hummers and finches. We live on a small lake and love growing flowers and feeding our hummers and finches. And our young neighbors are doing the same.

Alexandria, IN

Actually we feed and garden for the wildlife. Our main flower we grow is geraniums which we keep several through the winter. We also have a 6ft geranium tree that we have had since 2005.

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